It will take an extra second today before we start the new year, but we are really close. UTC time will add it so that this year we will see a 12:59:60.
Is there anything keeping you back from becoming all that God has in store for you? Is there anything in the way of something new happening in and thru your life? You are where you are at such a day and such a time for a purpose, what will you do with it? Where will you turn to get the wisdom you need? Who will you ask to give you a sign? How will you know the specifics?
As we count down 2016 are you setting goals for the new year? What is motivating the goals? What is driving the goals? Where are the ideas for the goals coming from? So what will you do about it? How will achieve this goals? Do they align to your purpose? Will you come up with a plan? Will you take hold your time to accomplish what God is calling for you to do? How will 2017 be different? How will 2017 be special? How will 2017 make a difference? How will lives be changed and touched in 2017?
And with still today to be had — how will you close out the year strong?
10 days left in my 365 day devotional. How will it set me up for the year ahead? What message can I take from it as I consider what 2017 will include? How will I be able to please God in 2017? What can I do to bring Him praise and honor and worship? Today is the day that the Lord has made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it! We need to appreciate every day we have! We need to appreciate the lives of the people God has brought into our lives! We need to let them know how thankful we are for them and how much we love them! Today…not later when it might be too late and generate regrets! So no regrets and leave today to the fullest!
Listen to what is going on around you! Listen to what is being said! Listen to what will be the impact! Consider how it will or may impact God’s people! Be it Christians or Jews, consider what people are doing and saying that will and can impact God’s people! Do you hear what they are saying? Do you hear what they are doing? Do you realize the threats?
Consider from today’s reading what Haman did! What has taken place in the world recently? What could the impact be? Is there anything you can do about it? What if someone called for you to step up and step out and do something before it was too late? What if you had the position or the power like Esther and got asked to do something like Mordecai asked for Esther? How would you respond? What would you do? Could it be that you have been put in such a place for such a time as this?
What could change your perspective? What could change your vision? What could change your viewpoint? How would that impact your behavior and actions? Would you do anything?
Will you step up and step out to do what is required of you? Will you take time like Esther and be bold and courageous to step out and do what is necessary? Will you ask people to join you in prayer and fasting to ensure that you do what is right? Will you receive the favor that has been set before you? Will you do something about it? Will you hold tight to what the Lord has planned and purpose to do in and through your life? Will you do like Esther and step out to complete what she had been called to do?
Now do you realize what is really being asked or are you assuming? Might you be hearing one thing which doesn’t align to what is being said because you are too proud like what happened to Haiman? Do you realize what your pride could do? Do you remember how pride comes before the fall? Do you remember how you are to walk in humility? Will you be a humble servant of God? Will you be a servant leader of those God brings into your life?
So as this past year ends like a dream, as the great things happened, how will you move forward? Will you try to go it alone or will you turn to God the provider and align with Him? Let’s turn to God and ask of Him of what we have need of! Let’s ask, seek, and knock so that He will answer, we will find, and He will open!
So as we close today, let’s join in the final chapter of today’s reading together…
How to Please God
1Keep on loving one another as Christians. 2 Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it. 3Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are.
4 Marriage is to be honored by all, and husbands and wives must be faithful to each other. God will judge those who are immoral and those who commit adultery.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” 6 Let us be bold, then, and say,
“The Lord is my helper,
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?”
7Remember your former leaders, who spoke God’s message to you. Think back on how they lived and died, and imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9Do not let all kinds of strange teachings lead you from the right way. It is good to receive inner strength from God’s grace, and not by obeying rules about foods; those who obey these rules have not been helped by them.
10The priests who serve in the Jewish place of worship have no right to eat any of the sacrifice on our altar. 11 The Jewish high priest brings the blood of the animals into the Most Holy Place to offer it as a sacrifice for sins; but the bodies of the animals are burned outside the camp. 12For this reason Jesus also died outside the city, in order to purify the people from sin with his own blood. 13Let us, then, go to him outside the camp and share his shame. 14For there is no permanent city for us here on earth; we are looking for the city which is to come. 15Let us, then, always offer praise to God as our sacrifice through Jesus, which is the offering presented by lips that confess him as Lord. 16Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.
17Obey your leaders and follow their orders. They watch over your souls without resting, since they must give to God an account of their service. If you obey them, they will do their work gladly; if not, they will do it with sadness, and that would be of no help to you.
18Keep on praying for us. We are sure we have a clear conscience, because we want to do the right thing at all times. 19And I beg you even more earnestly to pray that God will send me back to you soon.
20-21God has raised from death our Lord Jesus, who is the Great Shepherd of the sheep as the result of his blood, by which the eternal covenant is sealed. May the God of peace provide you with every good thing you need in order to do his will, and may he, through Jesus Christ, do in us what pleases him. And to Christ be the glory forever and ever! Amen.
22I beg you, my friends, to listen patiently to this message of encouragement; for this letter I have written you is not very long. 23I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been let out of prison. If he comes soon enough, I will have him with me when I see you.
24Give our greetings to all your leaders and to all God’s people. The believers from Italy send you their greetings.
25May God’s grace be with you all.
Today's Reading: Esther 3, Esther 4, Esther 5, Esther 6, Psalm 126, Hebrews 13